News flash: it’s already October, which means it’s high time to get out and enjoy the city before it gets too cold. That being said, we know that sometimes cash gets tight and the bills get stacked. Lucky for you, money ain’t always an issue! There are a ton of activities with free admission or events that won’t cost you a thing in Toronto, so save some cash, ditch the #FOMO and check out 15 free things to do this month.
Dedicated to harnessing the power of film as a force for social good, the Reelworld Film Festival explores how virtual reality films and games are being used for entertainment and to spread awareness on some of the world’s most pressing issues. Aside from free films and games, the festival will also host a Social Market full of local foods, ethical goods, live music and more.
H&M Yorkdale has had a makeover and you’re invited to check it out! On Thursday, October 13, the first 100 people to enter the store will receive a surprise gift card valued between $10-300 to shop the brand new store. Everyone who shops that day will receive a free gift (while supplies last), plus H&M will be running some major deals and contest giveaways! Get full details here.
Toronto Latin American Film Festival (October 13-16)
Head to the AGO to celebrate cultural diversity through film. A number of free films are being proudly presented by the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council with features from Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba and more. There is free admission to all films in the festival, though seats are limited (the theater has a 200 seat capacity). See the full program here.
Trinity Bellwoods Flea: Autumn Market (October 15)
Join the Trinity Bellwoods Flea: Autumn Market in celebration of fall on Saturday, October 15th. While mimosas, food, and vendors will cost you, admission is free and good times are plenty. There’s no reason you can’t still have a time browsing over 40+ of Toronto’s finest vintage, handmade, fashion, art, beauty and food vendors.
Photo via Trinity Bellwoods Flea Vendor @chaiwalachai
Toronto Bakers Market (October 16)
Calling all sweet tooths! The Toronto Bakers Market is a new tradition that brings bakers and treat-makers to a neighbourhood near you – next up is Queen West. Explore and taste the city’s best in baked goods, savoury treats and fresh sweets from 30+ vendors. Not to mention there will also be vegan, raw and gluten-free options too!
Student Night at the Power Plant (October 18)
This event is for the college and university students looking for a little guidance in their lives. The Power Plant contemporary art gallery is hosting its fourth annual Student Night. Not only do students get to enjoy the Fall 2016 exhibits, interactive art performances, music, and snacks for free but this year, there will be “Speed Networking”, giving students a chance to sit face-to-face with established artists and other creative professionals for a quick Q&A.
CBC Radio Because News Live Taping (October 20)
Every Thursday, Radio One’s comedy news quiz show Because News invites a live audience into the CBC studios to test their weekly news knowledge, quiz host Gavin Crawford, and laugh with the cast. Tickets are free but are available on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up for your tickets here.
Boo at the Barns! (October 22)
Back for its 6th year, Boo at the Barns! Will be taking place on October 22nd at Wychwood Barns. The free, all-ages event offers Halloween fun for the whole family including a haunted house, scary dance party, face painting, costume swap, a beer and wine garden, treats and more!
Photo via @convensk
Gladstone Flea: October Market (October 23)
If you’re on the hunt for unique gems, fashion finds, vintage scores and more, than don’t miss the Gladstone Flea: October Market happening on October 23rd. Treat yourself to brunch (if you can afford it!) and then mozy on over to check out all the best in thrift. Stay tuned and check back on their Facebook page for a vendor list coming soon.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Marathon (October 25)
Get ready for some major nostalgia! Cozy up with friends at D-Beatstro for four hours of everyone’s favorite Canadian horror-fantasy series, Are You Afraid of the Dark? The event is being thrown by the good people at the Toronto Indie Horror Fest. Cover for the event is free and is open to all ages.
Night of Dread (October 29)
While not technically free, Night of Dread is a pay-what-you-can event, so we’re sure you won’t be the only one offering up pocket change. Clay and Paper Theatre will be presenting their 17th annual family-friendly Halloween celebration featuring a parade, pageantry, music, performance spectacles like fire spinners, a bonfire and more. Black and white dress code in effect.
Twilight Pumpkin Float in High Park (October 30)
Join the High Park Nature Centre on Saturday, October 30th for the 21st annual Twilight Pumpkin Float. Carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with all other scary gourds from 4pm to 6pm at the northwest wading pool. Pumpkins do cost $2.50, but come on, that’s basically free! If that ain’t enough convincing know that the proceeds will send a class from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods on a field trip to High Park.
Photo via @kwanyy
Halloween on Church (October 31)
Every year on October 31st, Church Street throws one of the biggest outdoor Halloween parties in North America. Thousands of people come out to celebrate in some of the most creative and inventive costumes and local bars/restaurants partake by throwing Halloween contests and night events. It’s going to be one hell of a street party!
There’s always something going on at the AGO and you may not have known, but Wednesday nights after 6pm (or 3pm for ages 14-25) are free! There are a variety of workshops and activities like tie-dying, mix taping, move viewings and more. Check out what’s on here.
Fall has to be one of the best times for hiking – the weather isn’t too hot and the Autumn colours are amazing. The West Humber Trail, the Humber River Old Mill and Marshes and Don Valley Trails are our top picks or if you’re up for a bit of a drive check out Rattlesnake Point and the Bruce Trail.
Photo via @robreider
‘Tis the season of pumpkins! Fall and Halloween just isn’t the same without the act of carving an orange gourd. Check out this listing of pumpkin patches and farms around the GTA.